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Music Camp includes several public concerts

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s annual Music Camp for high school students gets underway this weekend with a lineup of public concerts throughout the week.

At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, there will be a Music Week faculty and staff recital. Music Camp faculty who will perform are Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel College professor of music, piano; tenor Matthew Schloneger, Hesston College instructor of voice and resident artist with the Wichita Grand Opera; and Richard Tirk, Bethel College assistant professor of music, trumpet. Bethel College students and graduates serving on the Music Camp staff will also perform: Benjamin Harder, Hesston, trombone (with Dorothy Harder, Hesston, as accompanist); Austin McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, trumpet; Heather Robertsen, Hesston, bassoon and saxophone; Christopher Shaw, Newton, organ; and Parker Stanley, Liberty, Mo., cello.

Other Music Camp faculty are William Eash, Bethel College professor of music, Nancy Johnson, Bethel College adjunct instructor of violin, Jim Pisano, Bethel College assistant professor of music, and Jonathan Wiebe, choir and orchestra director at Indian Hills Middle School, Shawnee Mission.

Monday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a jazz concert featuring Pisano on reeds; jazz pianist Ben Markley, an instructor of music at Fort Hays State University, on organ; Bob McCurdy, Pisano’s former colleague at the University of Idaho, on trumpet; Jerry Hahn, guitar; and Chris Herriage, drums. Pisano, Markley and McCurdy played for the 2007 Fall Festival convocation and McCurdy will be teaching trumpet at Bethel next year.

Thursday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m., the “alternative bluegrass” group Lucky Me will perform, featuring Wichita musicians Tanya Tandoc on cello and Nic Kuster on bassoon.

Music Camp student performances begin Friday, June 13, with a chamber music concert (instrumental and vocal) at 7:30 that evening.

Saturday, June 14, there will be an honors recital at 11 a.m. The grand finale, the camp concert, will be at 2:30 that afternoon.

All events take place in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus, except for the honors recital, which is in the Administration Building chapel. All are free and open to the public.

For more information about Bethel College’s Music Camp or other summer camps, go to and find the “summer camps” link in the yellow Highlights box.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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